Zhang Lianwei called on the young guns of China to start firing after he ploughed a lone - and losing - furrow at his home course yesterday. Zhang was one of only 23 Chinese players - a record entry for the Volvo China Open - left after the cut on Friday and became agitated when continually grilled on the failure of his countrymen in their national open. The 40-year-old admitted the pressure had got to him yesterday as he ground out an even-par 72 for a nine-under total of 279, four strokes behind winner Paul Casey. 'It's time for the young guns to stand up,' Zhang said. 'I don't want to be the only player out there. I felt the extra pressure. It's difficult to have the flag on your shoulder all the time.' Despite knowing every blade of grass at the Shenzhen Golf Club, and having a 1,000-strong fan club, Zhang could not recapture the inspiration of Saturday's six-under-par 66, which put him right in contention for a second China Open, having won at Shanghai Silport in 2003. 'The front nine proved my undoing,' Zhang said. He said he would smile his way around, but his game didn't allow him to, until the final hole when he sank a 10-foot putt for birdie. Zhang started the day only two shots behind overnight leader Ross Fisher, but saw the writing on the wall and his name off the leaderboard when he bogeyed the third and then blasted out of a bunker and into the water on the eighth for another bogey. The previous night on the 18th he fluffed another bunker shot, which left him 'confused' as his bunker play is one of his strong suits. 'I rushed things today. I tried my best but I came up short. I have to be satisfied with my overall performance,' said Zhang, who walked away with US$31,655 and in a good frame of mind for the UBS Hong Kong Open this week. 'That's the only open I haven't won in China,' Zhang said, referring to his previous Volvo China Open victory and two Macau Opens. 'I really want to win that.' He will face a much stronger field, with the likes of Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie waiting at Fanling. Zhang was paired with Thailand's Chawalit Phalphol (71), who flirted with the lead but would up in a tie for fourth with Fisher, two shots behind Casey. Chawalit, who led for the first two rounds, kept the Asian Tour in the spotlight all week, despite a third round 74, which 'cost me the tournament'. 'I didn't feel like I had a lot of luck today. I had a lot of birdie chances which I didn't take. I am very pleased with my performance and am looking forward to Hong Kong,' said Chawalit, who walked away with US$60,000. Fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee produced the second best round of the day - a 67 - to soar up the leaderboard and finish in a tie for seventh with Zhang, India's Jyoti Randhawa and England's Miles Tunnicliff. Thongchai kept the pressure on Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant, with two events to go in the 2005 season - in Hong Kong and the Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok.